32 F. average high on December 2.
22 F. high on December 2, 2014.
December 3, 1998: Albert Lea soars to a record-setting 67 degrees.
What December? Back to the 40s
Welcome to the dark days of December. All those twinking holiday lights are a gift from 18th century Germany, when locals celebrated Christmas by lighting candles on their trees to lift spirits.
Frankly we could use a few wintry reminders. Open water on our lakes, shrinking piles of slush on green lawns, temperatures 15 degrees warmer than average? So far our "winter" is about as flat as a tasteless diet cola.
November was the 6th wettest and 4th warmest on record, a far cry from last year, when we didn't have a strong El Nino signal in the Pacific blasting mild air across the USA.
A mild bias continues into next week with a streak of 40s, in spite of patchy stratus and fog, which may be slow to burn off, the result of a low sun angle. "What time will the fog burn off?" Sounds more like San Diego than the Twin Cities.
No more sloppy snows, however pathetic, are brewing anytime soon; the atmosphere warm enough for rain one week from Saturday.
Models hint at a much colder front the 3rd week of December. The last half of the month will be cold enough for snow.
Animation credit above: "Hurricane Joaquin as it strengthened to a Category 4 storm over the Bahamas." Credit: NOAA.
Map credit: "The 2015 Atlantic hurricane season ended with a below-normal 11 named storms, four of which became hurricanes". (Credit: NOAA).
Photo credit above: "". Photo: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg News.
TODAY: Peeks of sun, milder. Winds: SW 5-10. High: 37
THURSDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds and fog. Low: 22
FRIDAY: Fog early, then a few sunny breaks. Winds: S 8-13. High: 41
SATURDAY: Mild breeze. Typical for November with some peeks of sun. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 30. High: 43
SUNDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, still boring. Winds: W 5-10. Wake-up: 29. High: 41
MONDAY: Intervals of sun. Santa not happy. Wake-up: 29. High: 44
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, not much snow left. Wake-up: 29. High: 41
WEDNESDAY: Clouds increase, jacket weather. Wake-up: 31. High: 47
Chuck Hagel: Climate Change is a National Security Problem. It's a "threat multiplier", magnifying and accelerating problems that might have popped up organically, but making them worse - faster. Here's an excerpt at TIME: "...This is why, along with a bipartisan group of other former Secretaries of Defense and State and national security leaders, I recently signed a statement urging global cooperation on climate change. The statement said we must work to address these threats as a national security imperative. The military has defined climate change as a global threat multiplier that could exacerbate instigators of conflict such as resource disputes, ethnic tensions and economic discontent. Preparing for climate change is about risk—even if we do not understand every aspect of the scientific predictions, we know that the consequences of not acting may be significant..."
File photo: AP Photo/Drew Angerer.
Photo credit above: "The Evangelical Environmental Network encourage Kirk to vote against a measure to kill Obama’s clean power plan." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo).